Late Show, Electric Set
1. Introduction (Mountain Jam tuning)
2. Not Fade Away
3. Easy Wind
4. Stage Talk
5. Me and My Uncle
6. Stage Talk
7. Dark Star >
8. Attics of my Life >
9. Dark Star >
10. Sugar Magnolia >
11. Dark Star >
12. St. Stephen >
13. China Cat Sunflower >
14. I Know You Rider
"Source Information for The Usher's Tapes Tree
"the person who is responsible for the bulk of the capitol theatre audience recordings is a fellow by the name of ken lee (not sure of his last name spelling). this is the
guy who was employed by howard stein (local ny area promoter of the time) my source is his brother in law, mark c (a long time dead head & quite a nice &
unassuming person) i owe mark a huge debt of gratitude.
ken's port chester masters were recorded on a sony cassette deck (don't have the 'model # or mic info) his positioning was generally center lodge with mic's mounted
on the rail. 3/21/70 had the mic's spaced at over 15 feet, and the recording bears out that information. 6/24/70 set#2 was mastered on a 120-minute cassette.
ken is reported to be very un-friendly and intimidating (6 foot 5 inches with a security guard attitude) he was at tompkins square park, nyc 6/67 and reported a ? hour
dancin' in the street, fwiw. he recorded many local shows (queens college, all 4 stands at port chester, Manhattan center.etc. mark says he was doing this only for
himself and never did much of anything at all with his recordings. at port chester he had howard steins permission to tape, with the footnote of never letting them out.
so...marks older sister is married to this guy & he would occasionally let mark have tapes & mark was apparently pretty free with his copies over the years. most of
what circulates from gd @ port chester originated mainly from mark's 1st gen copies, not ken's masters. as time went on their relationship deteriorated (now they are
estranged) and ken literally & figuratively shut the door on mark.
marks last score from ken's tapes was back in 1986. when ken was out, mark & an instigating friend went armed with sony tc d5m's and recorded as much from the
masters as they could get away with. ken arrived in the middle of all this and was outraged and shut it all down & proceeded to take all the copies (not all it turned
out) mark told me that at that point in time, all the tapes he witnessed were badly in need of restoration (and this was back in 1986) i am sad to relay that even though
these master still exist, there are rotting in un-kind hands it took me close to 2 years & many phone calls to hook up with mark, and then only for one day. things were
haphazard & i taped what i could given the time i had on hand.
mark had 2 separate copies of 6/24/70 late show. the older copy he received with ken's blessing in the mid '70's, this was on a xl 2, no dolby, the fresher copy was from
the incident in 1986. this was on a mx metal cassette and had a better frequency response, but there was a bad squeal & lisp on the right hand channel and proves the
deterioration of the recording. i went with the older copy that was made when the master was in better condition set list has; nfa easy wind (very powerful), me & my
uncle, dark star ikyr, then uncle johns band (which is not the encore, as they never leave the stage. the encore is an acoustic "swing low sweet chariot" it was mia, but
I WILL get it 3/21/70 has never sounded this good. it's actually quite fantastic in spots. it's the best recording i've ever heard coming out of that room 11/5/70 is a
powerful psychedelic feast. i could never sit through it before, because of the abysmal quality
i want to, and enjoy bringing pleasure to fellow music lovers. please let it be known i have zero tolerance for any suspicion, or dishonesty. criticism, on the other hand
i can handle fairly well. so give me a few days & i'll get seeds to someone who has already volunteered to handle the administration and decimation on deadlist. our
1970 caretaker, jim powell, will get cd's from me for his analysis
June 25, 2014 Subject:
This is really where it's at.
Wish there was a clear copy of this show, though the AUD used in this version is not bad at all, this is the best source I have heard so far. The Audience doesn't distract from the music, though you can tell how amazed and excited they were. The show gets five stars. the recording gets three stars, but compared to other AUDS is not bad.
May 2, 2012 Subject:
So I've been seeing the dead and listening to shows for 35 years, and I NEVER REALIZED HOW FREAKING INCREDIBLE THEY WERE TILL NOW. Seriously, this show blows your mind, god how I wish there was a time machine back to 1970. This takes the Grateful Dead to another level. Sit back and enjoy, don't gripe about the quality, listen to the brilliance.
February 21, 2011 Subject:
Thanks for making this available. What a great back story of how this tape came to be. Love the Dark Star weaving in and out and one of my favourite NFA. Always love an Attics as well.
Be aware though that the archive has complete versions of this show including the spirited UJB and a Swing Low Sweet Chariot with NRPS that end the show. Well worth hearing
June 24, 2010 Subject:
Thank-you Thank-you, Thank-you Ken
What is this foolish ratings system ?
February 21, 2010 Subject:
All that is holy....
bout good old Grateful Dead music can be found in this recording. Pure magic.
October 11, 2009 Subject:
Best recording of this show!
WOW. This is the best copy of this show I've ever heard. What a gift. Thank you Jim and Mark...and the scroogy Ken for recording. This show changed my life in 1984. Transcendent.
May 17, 2009 Subject:
Great show - and not the only one from that night...
This is a fantastic set; and it's worth noting that the Grateful Dead shared the bill at the Capitol this night with the New Riders of the Purple Sage--and their tape is extant as well: http://www.archive.org/details/nrps1970-06-24.weiner.25866.sbeok.shnf
...taken together, a fabulous document. What a joy it must have been to see them all together!
February 15, 2009 Subject:
Incredible. Just listen to the way Jerry, Bob, and Phil chase each other around during NFA. The seamless transitions. The lock on the drums. Wow.
February 9, 2009 Subject:
Sick Dark Star
These early transitions are beautiful, the dark start jam leading into sugar magnolia is flawless, pure as the driven snow. Paints pictures for what's to come in the years ahead
January 14, 2009 Subject:
NFA to start the show. The boys must have been rarer to go. I liked the story behind the tape of the show. Mighty Pen shouting it out to all to hear. Not as good as some of the shows I am familiar with but that is the reason why we are not all on the same page anyway. For a real blast check out that KSAN radio show with JG and PL commenting on the songs.
September 1, 2008 Subject:
Ken did the right thing!
They were completely justified in copying the masters..actually they should got him away for a weekend or a week, as long as it took to copy everything..remember, hoarders suck!
August 6, 2008 Subject:
I first heard a recording of this show in 1987 at a party in Waltham Ma. the night before a Dylan/Dead show at Foxboro Stadium... Blew my mind!!! I got a copy that night and ever since then this was known to my circle as "The Magic Tape." It has been a worthy Guide on many adventurous nights.
June 13, 2008 Subject:
"when ken was out, mark & an instigating friend went armed with sony tc d5m's and recorded as much from the masters as they could get away with..."
^^that's fucked up.
May 21, 2008 Subject:
Ahhhh....this is great...thank you archive & everyone involved for restoring and sharing this show...perfect early Dead at their very best...dream set list and everything!!
Finally a better (even if not perfect) recording of one of the best nites of music this planet has ever heard. This is one to save for those times when you're ready to have your head blown off and can boogie down to your heart's content!
April 9, 2008 Subject:
One Of The All Time Best
This is one of the all time most powerful Grateful Dead shows ever played and simply a MUST HEAR. It is also one of the most enjoyable audience recordings on the entire Archive to listen to.
A legendary performance to be treasured.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews ) Source: center lodge, mics mounted on rails->120-min. Sony cassette audience master-> analog cassette XL II, no dolby->Sony TC D5M DAT->playback on Sony PCM R-700-> HDD via za2->CDR master via CD Architect->EAC->Sound Forge->SHN